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Another big week for solar, as we are inundated with full year statistics from 2016, and the first of 2017’s major industry trade shows gets underway.

Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

Spruce raises US$445 million investment for 2017 projects

Spruce Finance, which provides consumer financing for residential solar and energy efficiency projects, has raised a total of US$445 million dollars in tax equity and project debt transactions to support its activities in 2017.

Asia Pacific will be global leaders in clean energy in 2017, say Frost & Sullivan

A new report published by market analysts Frost & Sullivan expects outlook for clean energy markets to remain positive in 2017, in the face of global uncertainty. The report also states that Asia will lead the economically driven expansion of clean and green energy technologies.

Argentine province confirms financing for solar projects

PV projects in Mendoza awarded under the RenovAr program with 85% local content will be able to obtain financing through the FONDEAR Fund.

German development bank restarts subsidy for PV + storage

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the development bank owned by the German government, today announced that it will restart subsidy payments for PV + storage applications within Germany.

Solar provides 4.3% of Japan’s electricity during 2016

The latest data show solar taking an increasing role in Japan’s energy mix, however several provinces are nearing caps on PV capacity eligible for reimbursement for curtailed power.

Wirsol anonunces commercial operation on largest solar park in The Netherlands

The German solar developer announced operation of the 30 MW Sunport Delfzijl Solar Park in the Delflzijler harbor area, close to the Dutch city of Groningen.

World Bank unveils Global Solar Atlas

The international financial institution is offering the free, web-based resource in collaboration with the International Solar Alliance

Miraikikai launches water-free solar module cleaner at WFES

Miraikikai’s offering is the first water-free and automated cleaning robot for utility-scale solar plants, which could help solve the challenge of dust in arid regions and deserts, which can be a real problem for plant energy generation rates.